Below, please enjoy a chronological photo/review collage from days #3 & 4 of my beautiful - and delicious - Labor Day weekend in Seattle, the "Emerald City."
I woke up on the earlier-side of the morning to hit the hotel's treadmill. God knows, especially after the prior day's glutinous shit-show, I could use a good calorie-burning session. Or three.
At around 10:30am, Mom, Dad, and I headed to brunch at local favorite, Dahlia Lounge. And this is where my workout went to crap. We were lucky to have a fantastic server, who answered all of my dad's random questions (i.e. "How many eggs are hatched/day at Wilcox Farms?" FYI: Wilcox Farms is the restaurant's egg purveyor, if you couldn't guess...).
For my brunch entree, I chose the 'Two Eggs Any Style' (I got mine "poached"), which included a bread of my choice from neighboring Dahlia Bakery (a biscuit, duh!), a breakfast meat (house-made breakfast sausage, thank you very much), and parmesan potatoes. Everything on my plate was fcuking fantastic. With the exception of one of the sausage links, I inhaled every last crumb.
Since the wedding would start promptly at 5pm, we headed back to the hotel to prep, post-brunch. And, just like the previous evening's rehearsal dinner, the ceremony was held at Camp Korey.
And, finally, we serenaded the happy couple over a bountiful dinner + dancing + imbibing + toasting + photo taking + speech delivering + cake eating!
Although she's never been, my mom is obsessed with Egypt. And all of the mystique surrounding the pyramids, King Tut, etc. So, when she learned that there was a traveling King Tut exhibit in Seattle, she purchased tickets for herself, me, and my dad.
Check out how thrilled I look to be there...
Famished from all of the exhibit-ing, we took a lunch break at outdoor pizza cart, Streetzeria. The small menu caught my eye, as it boasted of fresh and local ingredients. And what really sealed the deal was the fact that they carried Mexican Coca-Cola which, if you didn't already know, is made with cane sugar. Not corn syrup.
The result? A fabulous personal pizza that was made on the spot. Piping hot and topped with the highest quality, local ingredients.
Not long after lunch, Dad bolted. He gets almost as excited about exhibits/museums as I do. And, frankly, he couldn't handle a second more.
Mom and I wrapped up at King Tut, then did some window shopping, Space Needle photo-snapping, and candy sampling at See's, before heading back to the hotel.
Since it was Labor Day, there wasn't a whole hell of a lot that was open downtown. In terms of dining options. After learning that our first choice was closed, we decided to stay close and dine at Shucker's in our hotel.
In what sort of resembled the interior of Cheers, Shucker's evoked a casual, yet sophisticated and masculine space: Mahogany wood, dim lighting, a full wrap-around marble bar, a great selection of local beers on-tap, and a raw bar where bivalves were hand-shucked upon order.
The true test of a good restaurant? Why, the bread basket, of course! Rosemary flatbread, sliced French baguette, and handmade Irish soda bread filled the bountiful basket.
Mom, Dad, and I split the Artichoke & Dungeness Crab Gratin, which is just a fancy way of saying, "artichoke and crab dip." The gratin was accompanied by buttered crostini points for dipping purposes. Creamy and rich, with ample chunks of crab and artichoke, this was a winner amongst the table.
For my main course, I ordered two local oysters on the half-shell, plus a bowl of clam chowder.
The oysters were pristine, with a dense, meaty bite and a briny essence from the cold Pacific waters in which they hailed.
The chowder was among the best versions that I've ever had: Warm, creamy, thick, and chock-full of potatoes and clam nibs.
...and I also snuck a few bites of Mom's fantastic wedge salad, which was composed of iceberg lettuce quarters, bacon crumbles, and a generous amount of blue cheese dressing.
Our meal at Shucker's was fantastic. The seafood was local and fresh, plus, the service we received was beyond compare. We certainly loved our final dinner in Seattle, and will definitely return to Shucker's upon our next visit.
My family and I had a wonderful wedding weekend in Seattle. Aside from reuniting with dear family, we were able to fully immerse ourselves in the city's unique culture, food/drink, and incredibly gorgeous, natural surroundings. If you get the opportunity, I highly suggest visiting this lovely destination in August, as the weather and temperatures are at their most ideal.
Until we eat again,
The Lunch Belle